Nur-Sultan hosted the XX meeting of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions chaired by Speaker of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Head of the Secretariat of the Congress Maulen Ashimbayev. The session included about 30 representatives of world and traditional religions.
Welcoming the participants, Maulen Ashimbayev thanked them and noted that the VII Congress is taking place at a crucial period for the global community and can rightfully be called historical. The Congress provides an opportunity for spiritual leaders to communicate directly, discuss important issues of consolidating interreligious and intercivilizational dialogue, and discuss ways to address urgent challenges of the contemporary world.
“The whole world is experiencing the ongoing impact of the pandemic, conflicts, sanctions, climate change and other global issues. We all see the increase in geopolitical tensions and conflicts across the globe. Distrust between countries, wars, acts of terror, lack of effective work by international organizations negatively affects the overall global situation. Against this backdrop, our forum can send an important signal to the international community as it calls for dialogue, overcoming contradictions, ending conflicts and achieving peace,” Maulen Ashimbayev said.
The Head of the Secretariat emphasized that under these conditions, both ordinary citizens and political leaders need spiritual uplifting, a new value paradigm, and ideological guidelines.
“It is the spiritual leaders and religious figures who are able to charge the ideological and spiritual vacuum with a new meaning. They can unite the global community under common constructive agenda. They can create conditions for a comprehensive dialogue for the sake of peace and prosperity of humankind,” Maulen Ashimbayev stated, expressing hope for strengthening the global dialogue for peace, harmony and harmonious development.
The session was attended by representatives of the world's largest religions, international organizations and religious associations of our country, who underlined the importance of Kazakhstan’s work to establish interreligious and interfaith dialogue not only domestically, but at the international level.
During the session, the participants also discussed the Agenda of the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, as well as the draft Final Declaration of the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.
The participants decided to hold the next XXI session of the Secretariat of the Congress in the fall of 2023 in the capital of Kazakhstan.
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